Baroque music for violin and cello
J. S. Bach – Corelli – Leclair, the Elder
Anthony Marini, violin
Louna Hosia, cello
In comparison to the Renaissance era when composers brought independent lines and figures to balance melodic and chord-strict characteristics and harmonies, the baroque music gave birth to different instrument roles, on a simpler level “melody” and “basso continuo”. The violin, the recorder, the oboe and also the trumpet played the melodies and the instruments belonging to the basso continuo group, like the cello, the violone, the harpsichord, the organ, the theorbo and the guitar, played bass lines and often improvised with the help of the numerical notes. This program destills the baroque music into its most basic components, the melody on the violin, and the basso continuo on the cello.
Generally, the basso continuo group consists of one instrument playing harmonies, but not necessarily. For instance, on the title sheet of Corelli’s 5th opus it says Sonate a Violino e Violine o Cimbalo, meaning sonatas for the violin and the violine or harpsichord; the violine possibly being a second name for the double bass. In this concert there is only two string musicians, which makes us occasionally have to add double tones and chords to get the whole harmony. Sometimes it even sounds like there is three or four musicians playing at the same time!
The concert is organized with exceptional arrangements to ensure the safety of the listeners and the musicians: Only 45 tickets are up for sale and they can only be purchased in the webshop. The audience is seated with safety distances taken into account. Hand sanitizer and face masks are offered. You must not have any kind of symptoms of a respiratory infection when attending a concert.
The initiative resulting in the organizing of the summer concerts came from a German parish that wanted to support freelance musicians. Our warmest thanks to the parish for the cooperation.
Duration: 45 min (no intermission)